We are in final preparations for Workday and the Integrated Service Centre going live on November 2.

Biosafety cabinets

Working in a biosafety cabinet can result in an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury risk due increased reaching over the air vent. Take care to ensure you’ve set-up your workstation optimally to reduce injury risk.

Working at biosafety cabinet

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Biosafety poor ergonomics
Poor Ergonomics. Awkward shoulder posture & extended reaching

 

 

 

 

MSI risks

Poor Ergonomics: the awkward shoulder posture and extended reaching when using a standard pipette filler and long seriological pipettes are amplified due to the glass barrier and need to reach over the air vent.

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Improved ergonomics
Improved Ergonomics. Arms by side

 

 

 

 

Improved ergonomics

  • Adjust the height of the biosafety cabinet
  • Adjust chair height and height of footring/footrest
  • Organize work to keep frequently used items as close as possible
  • Place a low provide garbage bin within as close of a reach as possible
  • Use ergonomic pipette filler and shorty seriological pipettes
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Improved ergonomics armrest
Improved Ergonomics. Armrest to support forearm

 

 

 

 

Improved ergonomics

  • Obtain elbow rest if needed
  • When purchasing a biosafety cabinet an NSF certified with as large of an opening as safely possible, e.g. 12″ to 14″ and a sloped window is preferable

Cleaning biosafety cabinet

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Cleaning cabinet
Poor Ergonomics. Twisting and Reaching

 

 

 

 

MSI risks

  • Extended reaching to wipe the back of the cabinet
  • Places increased strain on the shoulders, neck and back
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Cleaning improved
Improved Ergonomics. Arms by side

 

 

 

 

Improved ergonomics

Use a telescopic pole with flat head and paper towel to reach the back of the cabinet. This will reduce the strain on the shoulders, neck and back.

 

Pipettes provided courtesy of ThermoFisher. Armrest provided courtesy of NuAire.

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